May 8, 2020: Military Times sheds more light on this story. Apparently the US has had two Patriot missile batteries, fighters and US military personnel in Saudi for a long time. After recent attacks on US military personnel inside Saudi Arabia, the Trump administration added two additional Patriot missile batteries, fighters and US military personnel. It is this buildup -- the two additional missile batteries and the additional fighters that were sent over to bolster US defenses that Trump is now removing. Maybe not as big a story as originally posted. Hard to say.
Saudi Arabia is in deep doo-doo: I haven't read the story yet, but I saw the headline -- "US to withdraw Patriot missiles from Saudi Arabia over oil dispute." Think about that. Then think about this post: someone compared those photos of the ULCCs and VLCCs off the coast of California to our "sitting ducks" at Pearl Harbor in 1941.Fastest way to move oil to $100/bbl: a real shooting war in the Mideast.
The decision, if accurate, to remove Patriot missiles from Saudi Arabia didn't happen overnight. Obviously our SecDef (whoever that might be; I've long forgotten) and SecState Pompeo have been discussing US options with their Saudi counterparts for sometime, now.If Saudi was given a heads-up that we might pull our Patriot missiles out of Saudi Arabia -- wow -- that on-shore storage in the desert would have looked even more like "sitting ducks." No wonder Prince MbS emptied his on-shore storage and put it out of harms' way in ULCCs and VLCCs off the coast of California. This is absolutely fascinating.
Iran: re-calculating, re-calculating, re-calculating.
Israel: watching closely. Maybe time to take out a nuclear facility -- the tea leaves suggest Iran has reached the "tipping point" with regard to going it alone, and ready to take the next step.
To me, things just seem way too quiet in the Mideast with all that is going on.
Again, as I said in an earlier post along this same line: these comments are completely random, unlikely, impossible to be true, but it would be interesting to bring this up at the deli at Cash Wise Foods in Williston, where I always had lunch with my dad when visiting.
This is just some random, crazy thinking. Crazy thinking. But it's been a crazy year.